63. Autumn Casey

Categories: Art
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63. Autumn Casey

Even if Autumn Casey were not an artist, she would still be a very, very cool person. A longtime, friendly presence behind the bar at Churchill's Pub, she's part of a newly formed all-girl band and has put together art shows with friends at random locations around Miami, including four rooms at the Shalimar Motel. The greatest thing about Casey is that her work is thoughtful and smart. Though Casey recently graduated from New World School of the Arts with a focus in sculpture, she has recently changed her focus to video work with much success. Her short film "Getting Rid of all My Shoes" won the top prize at Optic Nerve XII, the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami's annual short video contest.

As the winner, her work was purchased by the museum and is now in MOCA's permanent collection. In the film, Casey empties her closet of all of her shoes, and distributes them around the Design District and Little Haiti. Liberating, feminist, and anti-consumerist? She ends up barefoot.

Casey is motivated by "small nuances that can tell a lot about someone's behavior or their take on life." She believes these things, "can be really universally telling." An example of this approach is "069 Lips," her piece shown at the Bas Fisher Invitational's exhibition "Weird Miami." She gathered letters and artifacts from a man who frequented Churchill's and created a video, demonstrating his ill mental health. Casey notices the things other people overlook and is able to reflect the larger context rough her art.
Autumn Casey
Still from 069 Lips
To get an eyeful of Autumn Casey's work, visit her blog and Vimeo, and definitely watch her video montage of America's Next Top Models crying.

1. List five things that inspire you.

-Dance Trains
-The Wizard of Oz 

2. What was your last big project?

For the storefront windows/project space of the Walgreens on South Beach, in correlation with the Bass Museum of Art, I took the location as a challenge to spend the commission only on materials they sold inside of Walgreens for the installation. What resulted was a sort of chance explosion of colorful and sticky trash. 

3. What's your next big project?

I am embarking on a three-week road trip in January as part of my project for the Open Process exhibition that will open at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami in March. My plan is to not really have a plan, to collect and organize my experiences, and create art from the chaos along the way. 

4. Why do you do what you do?

Besides for fun, I grew up on coloring contests, live music, and dance classes. I feel like the arts just seem like the most natural way to go about life. Everyone has to find a job, and even though I don't support myself off of making art or music, if I could one day, it would be the best case scenario. 

5. What's something you want Miami to know about you?

I just started an all girl band, Snakehole, with my friends Julie Mejia and Sandra Calderalo, and we cover all the issues. 

What's something you don't want Miami to know about you?

That I work at Churchill's! Ha-ha.

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